Do you ever feel like you keep reading or seeing or hearing a word over and over? I have experienced this lately with the word 'diligent'.
The meaning of diligent, according to Merriam Webster is this:
"characterized by steady, earnest and energetic effort".
It also means working hard and carefully at something.
When I say that this word keeps popping up in my life, I truly mean that. Just yesterday in my scripture writing, I saw the same word in the passage for that day. I'll just write it out for you.
"Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Be in agreement with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation." Romans 12:9-16
And all this has made me wonder what I am diligent in. Is there a reason why this word keeps coming to my attention? I do believe that's true, nothing happens by sheer coincidence. So yesterday I wrote the word down in my journal after praying about it and asking God to show me why He keeps having me notice it. I don't know the answer yet, but I know that I am praying and I am reading God's word, and I long for more and more of Him. And maybe that's the answer. I have sensed a change in things lately, like the fact that I need to be more mindful of time and how I spend my days. I ask God all the time to make me a good steward of my time as I study His word, as I teach my kids, as I spend time with my family, with friends, with teenagers.
I really don't have a purpose in writing this today, it's just what is on my heart and in my journal.
It's also how I am praying right now~I've asked God to make me diligent in prayer as well, because how often do I talk about things without praying?
This is all just something to think about. Love to all.